CNN Poll On Obama: 6 Of 10 Doubt U.S. Birth Story
Poll numbers for those questioning eligibility status continue to rise
A new poll by CNN, whose editorial commentary largely supports President Obama and his policies, delivered some bad news on his apparent birthday today: 6 of 10 people are uncertain the president was even born in the United States.
The poll was taken July 16-21 of 1,018 adults, including 335 Democrats and 285 Republicans. It has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.
The question was: "Do you think Barack Obama was definitely born in the United States, probably born in the United States, probably born in another country, or definitely born in another country?"
Definitely in the United States got the vote from 42 percent of the respondents, and probably in the United States another 29 percent.
But that leaves almost 6 of 10 Americans uncertain about the president's birth – and therefore his eligibility under the U.S. Constitution even to be president.
Sixteen percent said Obama probably was born in another nation, and 11 percent said he definitely was born somewhere other than the U.S.
Breaking it down, 64 percent of Democrats believe he definitely was born in the U.S., leaving more than 1 in 3 Democrats not sure. For independents, 37 percent believe he definitely was born in the U.S., leaving some 2 in 3 unsure. For members of the GOP, not even 1 in 4 (23 percent) believes Obama definitely was born in the U.S.
Fully 41 percent of the GOP believe he definitely or probably was born outside the United States. That's nearly 30 percent for Independents.